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Stop & Shop workers end 11-day strike

The Stop & Shop supermarket chain reached a tentative agreement last night with members of five regional chapters of the United Food and Commercial Workers (UFCW) union that went on a 11-day strike that impacted 240 stores across New England.

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Stop & Shop workers in Fairfield on the picket line. Photo by Phil Hall.

“We are very pleased to announce Stop & Shop has reached fair new tentative agreements with UFCW Locals 328, 371, 919, 1445 and 1459, which represent our 31,000 associates in Massachusetts, Connecticut and Rhode Island,” the company said in a statement. The tentative three-year agreement includes “increased pay for all associates, continued excellent health coverage for eligible associates and ongoing defined benefit pension benefits for all eligible associates.”

While Stop and Shop added that the company was “glad to have our associates return to work,” Mark Espinosa, president of UFCW Local 919, one of the Connecticut chapters  involved in the strike, was far less conciliatory, condemning the supermarket chain as a “monster employer” and insisting the job walkout was “an epic battle that the nation watched.” In a YouTube video message, Espinosa said the tentative agreement, which will require ratification by the union membership, was a game-changer.

“This contract is going to give you, for the future, the financial security, the dignity, the respect that you all have deserved and earned,” he said to the union members.

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Phil Hall's writing for Westfair Communications has earned multiple awards from the Connecticut Press Club and the Connecticut Society of Professional Journalists. He is a former United Nations-based reporter for Fairchild Broadcast News and the author of 10 books (including the 2020 release "Moby Dick: The Radio Play" and the upcoming "Jesus Christ Movie Star," both published by BearManor Media). He is also the host of the SoundCloud podcast "The Online Movie Show," co-host of the WAPJ-FM talk show "Nutmeg Chatter" and a writer with credits in The New York Times, New York Daily News, Hartford Courant, Wired, The Hill's Congress Blog, Profit Confidential, The MReport and StockNews.com. Outside of journalism, he is also a horror movie actor - usually playing the creepy villain who gets badly killed at the end of each film.

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